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Alexander Zverev leaves court on crutches to hand Rafael Nadal place French Open final

Rafael Nadal checks on Alexander Zverev after injury

Rafael Nadal has advanced into the final of the French Open after Alexander Zverev suffered a nasty injury in their semi-final.

Nadal and Zverev were embroiled in an incredibly physical battle on Court Philippe-Chatrier, with the first set alone taking more then 90 minutes.

That set was won by Nadal on a tiebreak, and that was the only set that was completed despite there being three hours of tennis.

As Nadal won the point to take the second set to a tiebreaker, Zverev went over badly on his ankle as he was sliding to recover the ball.

The German screamed out in pain immediately and the physio took him off the court in a wheelchair shortly afterwards.

Alexander Zverev injured against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

A few minutes later, Zverev re-emerged on crutches to concede the match.

It was an absolutely gut-wrenching moment that brought and end to a brilliant semi-final.

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“Very tough and very sad for him, honestly," Nadal said on court. "He was playing an unbelievable tournament.

He's a very good colleague on the tour, I know how much he is fighting to win a Grand Slam.

"For the moment, he was very unlucky. The only thing I am sure is that he is not going to win just one but more than one. I wish him all the best and a very fast recovery.

"It had been a super tough match, over three hours, and we didn't finish the second set. It's one of the biggest challenges on the tour today when he's playing at this super high level. It is difficult to say a lot of things in this situation.

"Being in the final of Roland Garros one more time is a dream, no doubt, but at the same time, to finish that way... I have been there in the small room with Sascha before we came back out. To see him crying, it is a very tough moment. all the best to him and all the team."

Alexander Zverev could have been world number one had he won the tournament and will be the top seed for Wimbledon should he be able to recover in time.

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